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Presentation Abstract

Applications of Modeling & Prototyping Using Additive Manufacturing

  • Speaker: Stefan Andrei, PhD - Lamar University
  • When: Day 3 : Tuesday May 24th
  • The 3D printing technology, also known as additive manufacturing (AM), is used for creating three-dimensional objects from a digital Standard Tessellation Language (STL) file. Additive manufacturing is a term for describing a set of technologies that create 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of material. Materials can vary from technology to technology. But there are some common features for all AM, such as usage of computer together with a special 3D modeling software. The first thing to start this process is to create the Computer Assisted Design (CAD) sketch, also known as the computer model (saved in a file). The presentation will include details about designing a model and its specification, as well as how to verify its assertions against the specification. Then the presentation will talk about designing a prototype using various methods, including 3D printing.

    Once the AM device reads data from the CAD file, it builds up a structure layer by layer from printing material, which can be plastic, liquid, metal, powder filaments, sheet of paper, and more. There are many areas where additive manufacturing is currently applied: aerospace, art and sculpture, consumers, entertainment, fashion, food, jewellery, makers, medical and dental, and transport.